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karenvanita

karenvanita
Date Joined: June 21, 2011
Last Online: September 12, 2014
Birthday: October 2, 1953
Country: United States
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About Me

I am 60 years old. Divorced. I have two children who have children of their own. I live in a small town in Kansas, just southwest of Kansas City. My daughter lives in the same town so I get to spend a lot of time with her and my granddaughters. My granddaughters are both in high school. Class of 2015 and 2017. My son got a medical discharge from the army. He is now living only a few miles away. He is divorced and his son lives in OKC. My grandson is really into Tai Kwan Do. He is a third degree black belt. He is 19. My son has been to Afghanistan twice and Iraq once. I am very proud of my children and grand children.

I am on disability and I don’t work. So it gives me time to devote to creating. I do have nerve damage in my right hand and arm. My writing is horrible and it starts to hurt pretty quickly. I can type pretty well. So I type my letters. And I’ve found just a slightly different way to hold the hook so I can crochet.

I’m allergic to a lot of scents. So check with me before sending candles or incense. Vanilla is always safe.

My spirituality is an eclectic mix. I enjoy earth energy and Goddess power. The cycles of the moon are important. I keep track of the moon phase and have a ritual on the full moon. I attend Unity church. I use meditation and affirmations. I have statues of Kwan Yin, Ganesha, Buddha and Bast. I use candles and incense a lot.

I believe in leaving a small carbon footprint. I recycle. I also try to combine trips in the car to save gas. I unplug almost everything when it’s not in use. You’d be surprised how much electricity appliances draw when they are turned off, especially if they have a remote or adapter. I have all my computer things (laptop, printer and internet server) on a zip strip so all I have to do is flip it off. I also have all the TV related things on a zip strip. When the weather is nice and I don’t need the heat or the air-conditioning, my electric bill is only $18.00 per month. No kidding!!! I do have a small apartment, but my neighbors in the complex were shocked.

I have an Associate Degree in Anthropology and Archaeology (2005). I enjoy learning about different customs and cultures, modern and ancient. The mythology and spirituality is especially interesting. I like Native American Arts (pottery, drawings, weaving). I love anything Maya.

Favorite Crafts

Crochet, painting, decoupage, polymer clay (jewelry, embellishments and more). I'm very interested in ATC's. They are why I signed up. I have never heard of them before I accidentally found this site. But then I found inchies and I’m addicted. The more I read on this site the more excited I get. Teabags!!!? Never would have thought of swapping that. I’ve started decorating and making my own envelopes. In the past year I have been making my own greeting cards. I had to buy a dresser to store all my punches, stamps, paper and embellishments.

Favorite Books

I like new age spiritual and inspirational books. Wayne Dyer, Ram Doss, Deepak Chopra, Louise Hay. I read a lot of Science Fiction/Fantasy. My favorite authors are Anne MacCaffrey, Marion Zimmer Bradley, (Darkover series and Avalon series) Mercedes Lackey and Jo Clayton. I recently discovered that Anne MacCaffrey and her son Todd were continuing the Pern series. I'm hooked on the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon (The 8th book in the series is out and I haven't read it yet. Ack!) and am starting on the Lord John series. I read The Hobbit years ago and The Lord of the Rings. I have read those books several times. I also recently found a new series, the Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Series, (I'm told that True Blood on HBO was inspired by these books.) by Charlaine Harris.

Growing up I liked the Bobsey Twins, Nancy Drew, Beatrix Potter, Alice in Wonderland (I have never even seen the movie.), Beverly Cleary. That’s all I can remember right now.

I would love to get recommendations for new books to read.

Favorite Music

This is difficult to answer. My tastes are varied and unpredictable. I'm not necessarily going to like all songs by even my favorite artists. I still like the Beatles and Paul McCartney. I like a lot of Country Western, but NOT the whiney, old fashioned kind. I like to listen to the stuff that was popular when I was a teen (mid 60’s to early 70’s). I like a lot of the stuff my granddaughters listen to, but I have no idea what the names of the songs or the names of the artists are. I like bright and lively classical. I like smooth jazz. I like a lot of meditation type music. My favorites include Native American drums and flute and Celtic music. David and Steve Gordon have good Native American music. I like Celtic Woman and Secret Garden. This Christmas I discovered and acapella group called Pentatonix.

Favorite Television

I don't have cable. I have rabbit ears for the new digital signals. I like Minute to Win It, Wipeout, America's Got Talent, Two and a Half Men (not as much now as the earlier seasons. Hate Ashton Kucher in the show.) I’ve quit watching, The Big Bang Theory and America's Funniest Home Videos. You get the picture. Well Castle is pretty good. I was a Star Trek fan through the original series and most of the Next Generation and then it went past being Star Trek. But I only get to watch TV if the reception is good.

Favorite Movies

I liked the Star Wars movies. Twilight and Harry Potter were OK. I liked the Star Trek movies. Favorites: Somewhere in Time (I watched it 20 to 30 times.), Sliding Doors (It took me twice to follow the whole story.), Rear Window with Christopher Reeve, The Lake House, A River Runs Through It, Lord of the Rings, Ghost. I liked Pirates of the Caribbean mostly because I like Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom. Hocus Pocus was a hoot. I went to the early matinee and was the only one in the theater. I got to laugh and talk to the movie. The usher came in a couple times to check on me!

Wish List

  • Collage images, papers of all types, faces, flowers, babies and things on my LIKE list. Paper for any of my favorite crafts.
  • Stickers
  • Up close pictures of flowers
  • Stones and crystals
  • Incense and candles. I’m allergic to a lot to scents. So only ones I specifically mention. Vanilla, strawberry and lemon, are ok.
  • Natural feathers, not dyed
  • hats - I am collecting and crocheting hats. I'm going to have to start wearing them all the time, because my hair is getting thin, very thin
  • stationery for letters, with envelopes – homemade envelopes and stationery
  • Art Journal pages (approximately 5” X 7”)

My Likes

  • I like all colors, except fluorescent lime green and avocado green (the color that appliances used to come in). I use color and combinations of colors as mood therapy like aroma therapy.
  • Anne Geddes
  • Hummingbirds, lady bugs, butterflies, fire flies and dragon flies. Wolves have a special place in my heart. Hummingbird and Wolf are my primary Spirit Animals. I have a hummingbird tattoo on the back of my shoulder.
  • Feathers (natural, not dyed). Stones. Crystals. I don’t wear a lot of jewelry. I have pierced ears (twice in each ear), but I leave the same studs in a lot. I’m trying to get in the habit of wearing my jewelry again. Most of it is made with meaningful stones. Rose quartz, aventurine, rainbow obsidian, lepidolite, moonstone, amethyst, tiger eye, hematite, tourmaline, carnelian, lapis lazuli, garnet, citrine.
  • Calla Lilies
  • Herb teas, medicinal and otherwise.
  • Celtic designs, knots etc.
  • Collage paper – faces, close up flowers, birds, animals, botanicals, colors, letters, numbers
  • I like fairies. The old fashioned kind not tinker bell. Children’s original fairy tales and stories that don’t end with “And they lived happily ever after”. I think it’s a strong contributor to the unrealistic expectations of life, even after we grow up.
  • I love the ocean and sea shells especially sand dollars. I used to live in northern California and I miss the ocean A LOT.
  • Thunder storms, without tornados. The feeling of electricity in the air and the rumbles and crashes of thunder. I love to go outside and stare at the sky to watch the lightening. I used to drive my mother crazy. She thought I was going to get struck by lightening. When I was in California, I missed thunderstorms.

Dislikes

  • fluorescent lime green and avocado green (the color that appliances used to come in).
  • Don’t need any more bookmarks. I have an e-reader now.
  • I’m allergic to a lot of scents. So check with me before sending candles or incense. Vanilla is always safe. NO floral scents.
  • NO pineapple

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texdel rated for HM Thank you or Thx Card on Sep 3, 2014
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Comment: Thanks for the wonderful card. Look forward to swapping with you again. CJ
namabear rated for HM it's a breeze card on Jul 27, 2014
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Comment: Received your awesome card thanks and thank you for the extra items.
Response: I'm glad you got it so soon. I was worried it might miss you in California.
andreatally rated for HM Hello or happy greeting card on Jun 23, 2014
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Comment: Thank you for the pretty, pretty card, and the great cutouts!! Did you stamp a paper and them make the cutouts? :-)
Response: They were done with a Stampin' Up Bigshot.
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Comment: Really really cute, thank you so much!
CAMILES rated for *** Butterfly ATC *** on May 15, 2014
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Comment: Very cute. Thanks for the extras.
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Comment: Thank you for the cute ATC house. Love the little broom. :) thank you for the extras too!
PattyJ rated for ATC Challenge #3-Used Postage Stamp on Apr 26, 2014
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Comment: This ATC was EXCELLENT and I really appreciate the extras.
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Comment: Very beautiful card! Simply loved it. I have heard the phrase happy mail and now know what it is - your card. Thanks,
Response: I'm glad you liked it so much. I really like to make cards.
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marquettegirl rated for OFAP - Make a List, PC swap #9 on Dec 18, 2012
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Popcornikimppu1 rated for **FAVORITE QUOTE on a PC** on Nov 27, 2012
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Comment: I hope everything is now better, thanks for sending :)
bearnbabs rated for **PBP Sky Blue, Turquoise & Gold** on Nov 26, 2012
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Comment: I just recd you drawing. Love the butterflies. bearnbabs
magicjessnrach rated for Envie of FB's on Aug 28, 2012
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Comment: Thanks for the FBs and all the extras! Don't worry about the number, I had to count mine 5 times before I was sure there were 15 :)
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Comment: Thank you for the card :)
Bellefae rated for Female in a Photo Montage on Aug 17, 2012
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Comment: I love that you chose to portray your granddaughters as your goddesses! Thank you for the wonderful swap.
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Comment: I agree the store brands are just as good when buying Mac n Cheese and alot of other items. Thanks for the Chunk-O-Cardboard.
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Comment: Thanks. Oops though. Your note is about Mac & cheese while the pc is blueberry mini spooners cereal. :)
Response: I think my cat was helping put those together. As you can imagine, he's not much help. lol :)
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Comment: Sounds like great snack - I like the frosted mini-wheats for snacking so these should be good also. :)

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1Scrapper on Mar 15, 2014:

Hello and hope you enjoy our group. We have a card challenge up right now. Ask if you have any questions.

Linda 1scrapper

Fatherted on Mar 1, 2014:

Hey, how do you do?

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